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November 2010

 

 

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010

NRC APPROVES UNIVERSITY REACTOR SAFETY STEPS: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued one violation in connection with a minor radiation exposure at Kansas State University's nuclear research reactor, but the agency is waiving its usual fine because of K-State's safe reactor operating record and proactive response addressing safety procedures.

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL NAMES LEWIS A WORLD PEACE FELLOW: Kansas State University's Summer Lewis has been named a Rotary World Peace Fellow by Rotary International.

UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT MOVES TO NEW HOME: The move is complete and Kansas State University's Center for Child Development is now in its new home at the east end of Jardine Drive on the K-State campus.

VETERINARIANS EDIT, CONTRIBUTE TO JOURNAL ON CHANGING PROFESSION: Three Kansas State University veterinarians traded their stethoscopes for keyboards in an effort to keep fellow practitioners in the know.

 

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

COLLEGE STUDENT BACK IN THE NEST FOR HOLIDAYS? FAMILY STUDIES EXPERTS OFFER PARENTS COPING TIPS: When a student leaves for college it's not unusual for new family routines to be established and family roles readjusted. That's why many parents struggle when their college students re-enter the family dynamic over the holidays, according to experts from Kansas State University. The student's return can cause disruptions in day-to-day interactions, and cause conflict between parent and student.

PROGRAM HELPS TEACHERS BRING ETHIOPIAN CULTURE TO CLASSROOMS: After embarking on a monthlong trip to Ethiopia as part of a Kansas State University program, a group of 12 teachers recently returned to the United States with a fresh perspective on teaching cultural diversity.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

RESEARCHERS FIND STORIES CAN HELP IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY BEHAVIOR: Food safety advice may fail because it's too prescriptive -- wash your hands, use a thermometer -- and it often doesn't include stories to make such information relevant. Researchers at North Carolina State University, Kansas State University and the University of Guelph have found that using short food safety stories with vibrant graphics can be a better training tool for food service workers.

CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION FINAL MCCAIN PERFORMANCE OF SEMESTER: Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series will end the semester with Cirque Dreams Illumination at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in McCain Auditorium.

DANCE PROGRAM'S WINTERDANCE 2010 IN NICHOLS THEATER DEC. 2-4: Kansas State University's dance program will present WinterDance 2010 at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4, and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. All performances are in Nichols Theater.

EXPERT TO DISCUSS FUTURE BIOFUEL NEEDS, SUPPLY SYSTEMS: The Center for Sustainable Energy at Kansas State University is sponsoring a presentation on bioenergy by Jacob Jacobson, principal investigator with the Bioenergy Systems Group at the Idaho National Laboratory.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

SOIL RESEARCH PROVIDES NEW INSIGHT INTO FUTURE GLOBAL WARMING PREDICTIONS: Soil that was once thought to be the least vulnerable to decomposition is actually the most sensitive to increasing temperatures, making it more likely to release carbon into the atmosphere as the climate warms, according to researchers at Kansas State University and a colleague in Colorado.

CREATIVE WRITING STUDENTS TO SHARE LITERARY RESPONSES TO SPECIAL ART EXHIBIT: Creative writing students at Kansas State University will share their literary responses to the "Material Evidence" exhibition now on display at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Their presentation will start at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at the museum.

PHI KAPPA PHI CHAPTER SELECTS FALL 2010 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Four Kansas State University students are receiving fall 2010 scholarships from the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society.

 

Monday, Nov. 22, 2010

PURPLE SWEET POTATOES TURN PIE INTO POSSIBLE CANCER-FIGHTING FOOD: Nutrition scientists at Kansas State University could be accused of carrying Purple Pride to extremes. But the purple sweet potato pies they created for Thanksgiving were a practical application of research.

MEDIA ARRANGEMENTS FOR LANDON LECTURE BY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS: Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 29, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE SELECTS EARLY ADMISSION SCHOLARS: Seventeen pre-veterinary students have been selected as Early Admission Scholars by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.

 

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

MAES RECEIVES WCET'S HIGHEST AWARD FOR ADULT AND RURAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP: The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, known as WCET, is honoring Sue Maes, dean of continuing education and co-director of the Institute for Academic Alliances at Kansas State University, with the Richard Jonsen Award.

K-STATE STUDENTS TAKE SECOND AT INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP COMPETITION: Four Kansas State University students used their diverse backgrounds to place second overall in the recent International Leadership Association Case Study Competition.

ARCHITECTURE EXHIBIT FEATURES LETAROUILLY'S 'EDIFICES DE ROME MODERNE': The buildings of renaissance and baroque Rome are getting a closer look. "A Comparative Analysis of Letarouilly's 'Edifices de Rome Moderne' -- Then and Now" will be shown in the Chang Gallery of Seaton Hall at Kansas State University from Nov. 29 to Jan. 21, 2011. The exhibit is sponsored by the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

 

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

K-STATE'S 'MR. MANNERS' PROVIDES HOLIDAY DINING TIPS: This holiday season don't let your bad manners get you relegated to the kids' table. Kansas State University's Pat Pesci, director of the hotel and restaurant management program, said that holiday meals always seem to ramp up people's focus on dining etiquette and table manners.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH MENTORING EFFORTS EARN GOFF NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Briana Nelson Goff, associate dean for academic affairs in Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, has received national recognition for her work developing the next generation of scholars.

BEACH MUSEUM GATHERS 'MATERIAL EVIDENCE' FOR EXHIBIT: The work of international artists is now on display at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. "Material Evidence: A Phenomenology of Matter" features the work of eight artists from around the world. The artists work in a variety of media, such as painting, video, photography, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and computer-activated installations.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

PREVENTATIVE DENTAL CARE, DAILY TOOTHBRUSHING ARE KEYS TO HEALTHY PET: When it comes to pet dental care, two Kansas State University veterinarians hope that owners remember an important message: Prevention is always better and often cheaper than treatment.

MAGYAR NAMED MEMBER OF ROYAL INSTITUTE OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, RELEASES NEW BOOK: It's said that good things come in threes, but for Kansas State University's Peter Magyar, good things have been coming in bunches.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE NOW PART OF WORLDWIDE INSTRUMENTATION EXPERTS PROGRAM: The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University has been accepted into the National Instruments Alliance Partner Program.

50 HOLIDAY POINSETTIA VARIETIES OFFERED AT K-STATE PLANT SALE: Nearly 50 varieties of poinsettias will be displayed and offered to the public as a fundraiser for the Kansas State University Gardens.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010

PROFESSOR EVALUATES GLOBAL BUSINESSES TO DETERMINE EFFECTIVE OUTSOURCING PRACTICES: A Kansas State University professor has found that for outsourcing to be effective, the organization must not rely solely upon contracts but should also establish an informal supplier-buyer relationship.

FOOTBALL FINDS PLACE IN THANKSGIVING CELEBRATIONS, PROFESSOR SAYS: The Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. means plenty of turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie -- and football.

THREE FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARD: Kansas State University's International Educator Award is being presented to three faculty members for their efforts to advance international education at the university.

 

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

SENIOR FROM OLATHE RESEARCHES HUMAN TRAFFICKING: It all began with a book. Ariel Anib, a Kansas State University senior in pre-law and criminology, Olathe, was interested in international issues and law as a senior in high school. But she said her interest lacked a meaning or definition. That changed when her doctor recommended "Just Courage" by Gary Haugen.

BEACH MUSEUM HAVING HOLIDAY-THEMED ART WORKSHOP: Student Friends of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University will sponsor a holiday-themed art workshop from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

HUMAN ECOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS: More than 50 Kansas State University students are new members of a human ecology honor society that promotes scholarship, research and leadership development.

 

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

THE BEGINNING OF THE END: PROFESSORS DISCUSS MAGIC OF SEVENTH HARRY POTTER FILM: The on-screen battle between The Boy Who Lived and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is nearing its conclusion. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" will soon arrive in theaters, much to the anticipation of scores of Muggles, including two Kansas State University professors.

SIDEBAR: FAN RESPONSE TO HARRY POTTER REMAINS STRONG, K-STATE PROFESSOR SAYS: Although the end of the Harry Potter film series may be near, there is no sign of the Harry Potter fan base "disapparating" any time soon.

MCCAIN PRESENTS TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL 'SPAMALOT' NOV. 18: The musical "Monty Python's Spamalot" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium as part of the 2010-2011 McCain Performance Series.

 

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT CHAPTER OF ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS AMONG BEST IN NATION: The Kansas State University student chapter of Associated General Contractors has been selected as the third best collegiate chapter in the nation by the Associated General Contractors of America. The chapter is being recognized for its work in revitalizing the Lower 9th Ward In New Orleans.

STANGELAND AND KROPF 2010-2011 REGNIER VISITING CHAIRS IN ARCHITECTURE: Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf, principals of the distinguished Norwegian firm Helen and Hard, are the 2010-2011 Regnier Visiting Chairs for Kansas State University's department of architecture.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010

K-STATE SENIOR EARNS NATIONAL ENGINEERING CONSULTING TRADE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP: Kevin Arpin, senior in mechanical engineering, Randolph, has been awarded the national scholarship from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

THE ARTS TO HELP FORMALIZE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN K-STATE, CHINA'S JILIN UNIVERSITY: A delegation from China's Jilin University will be in Manhattan Nov. 12-21 to build and formalize a strategic partnership with Kansas State University.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT LECTURE SERIES HONORS DAN UPSON: Food for Thought, a student group at Kansas State University, is launching a new lecture series in honor of Dan Upson, K-State professor emeritus of anatomy and physiology.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

UNIVERSITY TOP MILITARY-FRIENDLY HONOREE FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW: Kansas State University is a Military Advanced Education magazine Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities honoree for the fourth year in a row.

AIR FORCE ROTC CONDUCTING SILENT GUARD TO HONOR VETERANS: A 24-hour silent guard will be conducted Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, at Kansas State University's Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

ENERGY COMPETITION TO PIT K-STATE, MANHATTAN AGAINST KU, LAWRENCE: Kansas State University will be teaming up in 2011 with the city of Manhattan to try to beat the University of Kansas and Lawrence in a nine-month energy conservation competition.

K-STATE SALINA STUDENT FINDS PLACE IN AVIATION MAINTENANCE: Yvonne Varnado grew up working on cars with her dad, and thought she would continue doing similar work for the rest of her life.

PHOENIX ARCHITECT TO DISCUSS SPACE AND THE EVOLUTION OF FORM: Jose Martinez, the founding principal and owner of FoRM Design Studio Ltd., an interior architecture firm in Phoenix, will present a lecture for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University.

 

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010

K-STATE PRESIDENT SCHULZ LEADING K-STATE DELEGATION ON IRAQ TRIP: Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz is leading a delegation of university administrators to Basra, Iraq, as guests of Maj. Gen. Vincent Brooks, commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division.

RESEARCH TEAM RECEIVES PATENT FOR METHOD OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERING SOYBEAN PLANTS TO CONTROL DESTRUCTIVE PARASITE: A recently patented invention from a Kansas State University research team aims to control a devastating parasite that causes millions of dollars in crop damage each year.

CARNIVOROUS PLANTS MAKE APPEARANCE IN 'LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' AND AT CAMPUS HERBARIUM: When the Kansas State University Theatre's production of "Little Shop of Horrors" hits McCain Auditorium Nov. 11-14, the show will feature the character Audrey II, a carnivorous plant with an insatiable appetite for people.

YOUNG TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT OF MID-AMERICA UNIVERSITIES INTERNATIONAL: Kristine Young, assistant provost with Kansas State University's office of international programs, has been elected president of Mid-America Universities International.

STUDENTS ELECT 2011 K-STATE STUDENT AMBASSADORS: To Darren Allison, Lyons, and Angela Muhwezi, Wichita, being named the 2011 K-State Student Ambassadors was an overwhelming moment followed by much gratitude.

 

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

K-STATE OFFICIALS COMMENT ON RULING AND NEXT STEPS: In the case of Kansas State University, et al. v. Ron Prince, et al., K-State officials learned today that the Court has determined that there are issues of fact a jury will have to decide at trial.

'I CAN SEE ME' WEBCAM RESEARCH HELPS KIDS IMPROVE READING FLUENCY: An interest in technology and a desire to help elementary school students prompted a Kansas State University professor and two graduate students to turn to webcams to improve students' reading fluency.

K-STATE INTERNS CONTRIBUTE TO CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY: The Kansas State University Pollution Prevention Institute Intern Program concluded its fifth year by collectively identifying savings of more than 3.6 million kWh of electricity, 18 million gallons of water, 257 tons of solid waste, 500,000 therms of natural gas, and $740,000 in operating and disposal costs for Kansas business and industry.

MUSICAL 'LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS' NOV. 11-14 AT K-STATE: The Kansas State University theatre program and department of music will present the musical "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11-13, and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14, all in McCain Auditorium.

PIANIST JON NAKAMATSU AND CLARINETIST JON MANASSE TO PRESENT CONCERT: Making a return to Kansas State University, award-winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu will present a concert with world-renowned clarinetist Jon Manasse as part of the 2010-2011 McCain Performance Series.

K-STATE PURPLE GOES GREEN WITH GAME DAY RECYCLING: Making Bill Snyder Family Stadium more environmentally friendly is the goal behind Kansas State University's Game Day Recycling project.

 

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

PETERSON AND GLASSCOCK SELECTED TO WORK ON BROWNBACK'S TRANSITION TEAM: The newly formed transition team announced today by Governor-elect Sam Brownback includes two Kansas State University staff members.

DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR COFFMAN COMMONS NOV. 11: The dedication ceremony for Kansas State University's Coffman Commons, an outdoor plaza with seating and garden areas south of Hale Library, will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11.

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR TO STUDY IN KYRGYZSTAN: Jon Mahoney, Kansas State University associate professor of philosophy, has received a Fulbright Scholarship, and will head to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in January to begin six months of travel, teaching and research.

DESIGN FOR UNIVERSITY'S NEW WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL TO BE UNVEILED NOV. 10: After eight years of planning, the design for Kansas State University's World War II Memorial has been chosen.

VETERINARY GRADUATE RECEIVES SPECIAL FEDERAL LOAN WAIVER AWARD: Scott Morey, who earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State University in May 2010, is one of five recent veterinary medicine graduates chosen to have $100,000 in federal loans waived.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010

KONZA PRAIRIE RESEARCH TO BENEFIT GRASSLANDS WORLDWIDE: Scientists at Konza Prairie Biological Station have received major funding for research on critical questions about the underlying decisions made by grazing animals and the effects on grassland dynamics.

VETERINARY RESEARCH PROGRAM PROVIDES EXPERIENCE, OPPORTUNITIES: Fourteen students from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine have completed the 2010 Veterinary Research Scholars Program.

YAR EBADI FIRST TO SERVE IN EDGERLEY FAMILY ENDOWED DEANSHIP: Yar Ebadi, dean of Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, will be the first to serve in the new Edgerley Family Endowed Deanship in the College of Business Administration.

K-STATE MUSIC DEPARTMENT OFFERS NOVEMBER EVENTS: The Kansas State University music department is offering a variety of performances and concerts in November.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

BUSINESS ETHICS PROFESSORS TO RELEASE NEW BOOK: Since the Enron scandal, questions have continually been raised about the business sector's ethics and its influence on future business executives.

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT TO HOST HARRY POTTER EDITOR CHERYL KLEIN NOV. 3: The Kansas State University department of English is hosting a guest lecturer by Cheryl Klein, senior editor for Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Books.

DESIGN EXCHANGE GIVES STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WITHOUT LEAVING MANHATTAN: Students in a Kansas State University interior design class gained a world of knowledge in a mere seven weeks this semester.

STUDENTS, FACULTY IN K-STATE'S AVIONICS PROGRAM EARN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION: Four Kansas State University at Salina avionics students and two instructors have earned industry certifications from the National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technology.

STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED: The winners of the K-State Student Union Program Council's 36th annual student photography contest were recently announced. Kansas State University students were invited to submit photographs for the contest in early October.

BAND COMPETITION OFFERS LIVE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: Kansas State University video production students recently got a first-time experience delivering a production of a live event from the university's remote production truck directly to cable TV.

 

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

AMERICAN DIETETIC ASSOCIATION HONORING K-STATE DIETITIAN: Melissa "Missy" Schrader, a dietitian with Kansas State University's housing and dining services and an instructor of hospitality management and dietetics, is being recognized for creating the annual on-campus Culinary Enhancement Workshop.

MICHIGAN STATE GEOGRAPHER TO DISCUSS AMAZON AND GREEN ENERGY DEMANDS: A geographer who has traveled Amazonia extensively for his research will take part in Kansas State University's Distinguished Lecturer Series.

2010 BOWMAN DESIGN FORUM ON CAMPUS NOV. 17: The 12th annual Bowman Design Forum of the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design will be Wednesday, Nov. 17.

FRONTIER PROGRAM HELPS STUDENTS UNDERSTAND IMPORT SECURITY AND FOOD SAFETY: A group of Kansas State University undergraduate and graduate students received an exclusive look at border security during a recent field trip to Washington, D.C., and the Port of Baltimore.